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Kentucky baseball - Weekend update (May 14)

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Overall Record: 41-11, 18-9 SEC
Record Last Week: 4-0, 3-0 SEC
Streak: Won five

Recent Results

Wednesday, May 9 - won at Indiana - 6-5 (12 innings)
Friday, May 11 - won vs. Alabama - 4-2
Saturday, May 12 - won vs. Alabama - 7-6
Saturday, May 12 - won vs. Alabama - 8-1

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)
Tuesday, May 15 - at Murray State - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 17 - at Mississippi State - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 18 - at Mississippi State - 8:00 p.m. (Fox Sports South)
Saturday, May 19 - at Mississippi State - 3:00 p.m.

J.T. Riddle

6-3 - So. - 2B - Frankfort, Ky.  
Week Stats: .444 (8-for-18), 2 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R, 10 total bases, .556 SLG%, SF, 12 PO, 8 A

Notes: Sophomore infielder J.T. Riddle led UK during a four-game week at the plate and in the glove, leading UK to a victory over Indiana and its first sweep over Alabama since 2008 ... Riddle hit .462 (8-for-18) during the week with two doubles, four RBI, 10 total bases and a .556 slugging percentage ... In the midweek win at Indiana, Riddle went 3-for-5 with one double, one RBI, a sacrifice fly and two runs scored ... Riddle batted .385 (5-for-13) during the weekend series vs. Alabama, with one double and three RBI ... Riddle  went 2-for-5 in game two of the weekend series, drilling his 11th double of the season and knocking in two RBI ... In the sweep-clinching win over Alabama, Riddle went 3-for-4 to help earn the Wildcats an 8-1 win ... On the year, Riddle has hit .291 (53-for-182) with 11 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 34 RBI.

Corey Littrell

6-3 - So. - LHP - Louisville, Ky.
Week Stats: 1-0, 1.35 ERA, 1 app, 6.2 IP, 6 H, R, 2 BB, 7 SO,

Notes: Corey Littrell dominated in the second game of UK's doubleheader vs. Alabama on Saturday, striking out seven over 6.2 innings and allowing just one run in the Wildcats' 8-1 win ... Littrell faced 27 batters, surrendering just six hits and striking out seven while only allowing two walks ... Littrell avoided giving up an extra base hit in his lengthy start ... Littrell is a reliable force as Kentucky's Sunday starter, boasting an 8-0 record with a 2.22 ERA, 68 strikeouts to just 20 walks, and only 20 runs allowed in 81 innings pitched from 13 starts ... In conference play, Littrell has a 6-0 record and a 2.37 ERA, with his six SEC wins leading the SEC.

Sam Mahar

6-1 - Fr. - LHP - Kenosha, Wis.
Week Stats: 3 appearances, 4.0 IP, .000 ERA, 3 SO, 2 Saves

Notes: Freshman lefthander Sam Mahar made three important appearances in relief for Kentucky, including two on Saturday during the doubleheader wins over Alabama ... In three appearances, Mahar tossed four innings of shutout baseball, striking out three while allowing no walks ... Mahar earned a save in the midweek game against Indiana, coming on in the 12th inning, facing four batters and striking out two to seal the 6-5 win for the Wildcats ... After pitching 0.2 innings in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday, Mahar tallied his second save of the week, throwing 2.1 innings in relief to seal UK starter Corey Littrell's 8-1 win over Alabama ... As a midweek starter and relief pitcher, Mahar has a 3-3 record on the year, claiming a 2.75 ERA with 32 strike outs to only nine walks in 36 innings pitched.

After losing its lead in the Southeastern Conference for the first time all season in a series defeat vs. No. 5 Florida, seventh-ranked Kentucky entered the final home weekend of the year needing a series sweep over Alabama to vault back into title contention. UK completed the sweep over the Tide to take over sole possession of first place entering the final weekend.

Kentucky (41-11, 18-9 SEC) concludes the regular-season with a four-game road trip during the week, visiting in-state-opponent Murray State on Tuesday in a midweek matchup, before heading to Starkville, Miss., for its final SEC series of the year against Mississippi State, starting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET at Dudy Noble Field. UK owns a one-game lead over Western Division leader LSU (17-10) and a half-game lead over South Carolina (17-9). LSU ends the season at South Carolina, starting Thursday at Carolina Stadium.

With the sweep and the 4-0 week, UK extended its winning streak to five games, became the first team in the nation to ascend to 40 wins and regained the NCAA lead in wins. The Wildcats have the second-most wins in program history and its 18 SEC wins ranks second-best in UK annals, behind only the 44-win seasons in 2006 and 2008 and the 20-win SEC Championship season in 2006.

UK owns a 16-4 record in one-run games and a 12-8 record in games against top-25 teams. The Wildcats have opened up the year with series wins over No. 2 South Carolina, at Tennessee, at No. 18 Georgia, No. 10 Ole Miss, at No. 9 Arkansas, No. 1 LSU and Alabama. The Wildcats have the ability to win the conference for the second time in program history entering the final weekend, which would also secure a bye for the SEC Tournament, which UK will travel directly to in Hoover, Ala., following the series in Starkville.

With  the sweep, UK set a new wins record for Cliff Hagan Stadium, finishing 29-5 at home. UK also set a new school-record for team saves (18).

The Wildcats' offense sits in the top three in the conference in nearly every category, hitting .304 as a team, with a .457 slugging and a .392 on-base percentage, knocking 504 hits, 298 RBI, 99 doubles and 50 homers in 52 games.

Freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino leads UK with a .343 batting average, 18 doubles, nine homers and 38 RBI, stealing 11 bases. Catcher Luke Maile leads the club with 46 RBI, batting .319 with 10 doubles and 11 homers. Outfielder Cameron Flynn has belted nine homers while senior Thomas McCarthy is batting .306 with 16 doubles, five home runs and 29 RBI.

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